Our Board Members
Ursula O'Brien, Chair
Ursula has an advanced certificate in Information Systems Management from Ryerson University and a certificate in Instructing Adults from George Brown College. She has worked
as a reporter and in the publishing industry. She spent over 10 years managing and administering databases. Ursula is recently retired from working as a credit administrator
and has lived in Paris for 10 years. When not doing presentations for the PMHS Outreach program she is busy electronically cataloging the museum's collections.
Carol Goar, Vice-chair
Carol, long-time secretary of the board and writer for the PMHS blog and website spent 40 years as a full-time journalist at the Toronto Star, Maclean's Magazine, the Canadian Press
and the Ottawa Citizen. After her retirement in 2016, she channelled her energy into volunteering at the Paris Museum and Historical Society, the Canadian National Institute for
the Blind, the Paris branch of Friends of the Library and Meals on Wheels. She is a new, but already proud, resident of Paris.
Marie Williamson, Treasurer
Marie was born and raised in Paris and attended Brantford Business College. Her first job was at Penmans Head Office then the Department of National Defence, Bonnyville, Alberta;
Alta School Board; Marco Sales; Landsdowne Childrens' Centre; Harbridge Real Estate and the Paris Star. Besides volunteering at PMHS, Marie volunteers for the Cancer and Heart and
Stroke Societies. Marie was also a volunteer for the Society for the Preservation of Paris' Architectural Heritage.
Miranda Siklenka, Secretary
Miranda works as a teacher in Hamilton. She has a B.A. and M.A. in Classics with research specialization in archaeology.
She has worked in several museums in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia and has completed courses in collections
management. She is delighted to contribute her experience to the preservation of the history of Paris. Miranda is
also an archaeological illustrator with drawings featured in publications based in Italy, Denmark and Canada, and
is affiliated with excavation projects in Italy and Jordan. She resides in Paris and is an artist outside of her
work at PMHS and teaching career.
Jim was born and raised in Paris and attended York (Glendon), McMaster and the University of Wisconsin. Jim recently retired after a lengthy career in Maintenance Engineering
and Research at Bell Canada, Stentor and Bell Northern Research. As a longtime resident whose family moved to the Paris area in the 1830's, Jim is honoured to be part of the PHMS
volunteer team and support them in their mission.
Tina came back to Paris in 1999 after living in the US for a number of years. Her father was in the Armed Forces so the family
moved several times across Canada and Europe. In her later years Tina held a variety of positions from Ambulance Attendant
to Executive Assistant. She owned her own equipment company. When she returned to Paris Tina volunteered at the Paris
Performers' Theatre, North Ward School and finally found her home at the Paris Museum and Historical Society. Tina
began her work at the museum cataloguing artifacts, doing data entry and other archival jobs. In late 2019 she took
the reins as Curator. In her spare time Tina is working toward a Certificate in Museum Studies.
Born and raised in the Junction, Judy was a teacher for 30+ years in the Grand Erie District School Board before
retiring. She recently completed an honours degree in Archaeology and Heritage Studies at Laurier University.
Judy has been busy volunteering at the museum photographing artifacts and helping with data input. She values
the history of Paris and considers it an honour to be able to assist in preserving it.
Patti graduated from the University of Waterloo majoring in Sociology. She then attended teacher education
at Althouse College. Now happily retired, Patti was employed by the Grand Erie District School Board and
taught in Brantford as well as Paris. A direct descendent of a fur factor of the historic Northwest Trading
Company and pioneer fishing family on Lake Superior, Patti has enjoyed historical accounts of the family in
the north. She has lived in Paris twenty-one plus years and enjoys volunteering with the Paris Museum and
Historical Society, the Paris Horticultural Society and the Paris Friends of the Library.